The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah has apologized to Ghanaians for the scuffle between Members of Parliament on Monday night during voting on the controversial E-levy bill.
Speaking in an interview with the New Crusading Guide, Mr Apraku Twum described as unfortunate, the conduct of the members of parliament on the night during the voting and blamed the minority for charging on the first deputy speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu, also known as Joe Wise, which also resulted in the emergence of the majority to defend him..
“We apologise to our followers for our behaviour and how we turned the floor of parliament into a boxing ring.
The brawl broke out in parliament during a late-night session over a contentious government-proposed levy on electronic transactions. MPs shoved, pushed and threw punches at each other, while others tried to stop the fighting.
The chaos started after opposition MPs rushed forward to prevent Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu from leaving his seat to vote, He was chairing the session, which was then adjourned because of the disorder.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Artta has said it is necessary to widen the tax net, arguing that it could raise an extra 6.9bn Ghanaian cedi ($1.15bn; £870m) next year.
Many Ghanaians have expressed disappointment at the behaviour of their MPs, saying they ought to be role models – not behaving immaturely.